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Murder at the War A Modern-Day Mystery with a Medieval Setting (Peter Brichter mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition

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The war of the title, taking place on a farm in Pennsylvania, is attended by thousands of members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, whose dedication to medieval custom and costume is annually unloosed in this recreation of medieval battle and ceremony. In period dressincluding full armor for the menwith names to match, SCA members speak in chivalrous tongue as King William leads the Midrealm (Midwestern) contingent in carefully regulated battle against King Oswin of the East. Also fighting are those in the Dark Horde, a group of independents who, like mercenaries, hire out to whichever side makes the best offer. But this year the fun comes to an abrupt end when Lord Torstane Shieldbreaker, a querulous and unpopular Horde member, is found near death from a real stab wound. Local modern-day cops suspect Lady Katherine of Tretower, first on the scene and most recent victim of Thorstane's unpleasantness. But Lord Stefan von Helle, her husband and a cop himself in the "mundane" world, solves the murder by figuring out the grammatical intent of Thorstane's last words. While the mystery itself is less than compelling, this first novel's characters are distinctive and its trappings certainly unique. The rub of current times against the mores of centuries past gives rise to a pleasant friction.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The annual gathering of the Society for Creative Anachronism in Pennsylvania is the scene of this thoroughly enjoyable first novel. All the participants, dressed in medieval garb, are assembled to fight the Pennsic War. But in the midst of the battle the most disruptive of the Mongol hoard is murdered. What follows is a clash between the state troopers and a group of 5400 people all acting like something out of King Arthur's Court. Even though a bit slim on mystery this is highly recommended for those who like some zany fun mixed with murder. JV
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 700 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: FTL Publications (May 2, 2001)
  • Publication Date: May 2, 2001
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002EZZJIM
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Moria Vulcanus on June 18, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I had previously tried to read one of the medieval mysteries written by Margaret Frazer, who is actually Mary Monica Pulver writing with Gail Frazer. While I'm interested in the Middle Ages, I was so bored reading it, I couldn't finish. I worried this book would be of the same quality but my interest in the SCA motivated me to try it anyway. I was in the SCA years ago and attended Pennsic just a few years after this book was first published. This book promised lots of nostalgia and it delivered.

The first several pages took a bit to get through, learning both the mundane and SCA names of the many characters, and relearning SCA terminology. Once I had that down though, the story was up and running. Like the Margaret Frazer book, the murder doesn't happen until halfway through the story, but it didn't bother me half as much this time. The murderer was the first person I guessed but there were a few serious red herrings thrown in that threw me off. The characters were very likeable and I'm going to look up the next book in the series, even though it supposedly doesn't feature the SCA. After reading this, I was actually tempted to join up again, it was so fun reliving old times.

As for the review that implies Pulver can't write, ignore it. If the reviewer himself can't form proper sentences, what does that tell ya?
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Eric Oppen on June 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
Mary Monica Pulver's a longtime member of the SCA, and is well-qualified to write a mystery set in and among the Society's members at our largest gathering, the Pennsic War (upwards of 10,000 people onsite). Unlike _Bimbos of the Death Sun_ et seq., there's no attitude of "oh, look at the freaky weirdos who should get a life," instead, we get a sympathetic look at the SCA's subculture and how it meshes and clashes with the surrounding "mundane" world. The various groups within the SCA are presented fairly faithfully, although things now are not quite as they were when she wrote this book. The mystery element is honestly puzzling, and hinges on a bit of SCA lore that's in front of the reader's face from the beginning. A good first mystery novel, with an unusual setting.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By janaruss@prodigy.net on January 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Mary Monica Pulver has a knack for making each of her books unique--this one is an "exotic setting" mystery, located at a Medieval History group's annual re-creation of a "Medieval War." The victim is a fellow you'll love to hate and the main suspect is the wife of the detective/protagonist. All in all this is a fun romp in the woods in armor. Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (a real living-history group) will recognize thinly veiled descriptions of their own members here--a touch of reality amidst the fantasy that makes this book a delightful read!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jill Elaine Hughes on April 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
I grew up in the SCA, dragged to event after event (my first event was Pennsic 13!) by my father, who joined shortly after he divorced my mother. Twenty-one years later, he's still in the SCA and even serves on its Board of Directors.

Although it's been more than fifteen years since I was an active SCA member, I do remember fondly some of the time I spent as an adolescent in the Society, and I read this book as a means to reminiscence. This little book is a terrific mystery yarn that is also a very accurate portrayal of the nuances of SCA society and culture. I don't know if a non-SCA person would want to read it, though---it might be too confusing. But to current and former SCA folk, this is a terrific read, and it also shows that SCA folk on whole are just "regular people" with a rather unusual hobby.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Diane, genre fiction & wordplay lover on September 28, 2001
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I greatly enjoyed this unusual and well-crafted mystery. The various Medieval recreationists and their activities which it vividly depicts are sympathetic and interesting, especially in the ways in which they affect the unfolding of the plot - one edition of this story is sub-titled, approximately, "A Medieval Mystery with a Modern Setting". Peter is a complex, very human detective.
This is the only entry in the Peter & Kori Brichter series in which the Society for Creative Anachronism has a major role, but they're all well-written stories ... so even if the SCA element was all that drew you to this book, I recommend you try the rest.
** I wish Ms. Pulver hadn't apparently stopped writing this series! However, she has apparently turned her attention instead to the Sister Frevisse Medieval series, which she [co-]authors under the name Margaret Frazer.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Phillips on July 25, 2003
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While receiving this book from a friend before I joined the society (SCA), I didn't understand the nuances of Pennsic War nor the intricate mannerisms of the characters. Since joining the society and seeing Pennsic War for myself, I understand the background of the book much better. Now I find it absolutely charming and have recommended it to many friends. The murder mystery is tantalizing and the characters feel so real. It's an absolute must read for any in the society or those wanting to be in the society.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 20, 2013
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I really appreciate this story because I couldn't go to Gulf Wars this year due to a fractured ankle. It was an interesting story that kept me quite entertained. I had to chuckle because the author wrote this several years ago and I just read it now. I enjoyed that the author also explained things so that the mundane reader who isn't part of the SCA could still read the story and be in the know.

Thank you again for an enjoyable read!
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